A month…

We’ve been in the upper left corner of the United States for a month. In some ways it feels like we’ve been here for years, in other ways time is moving at its rapid fire pace. I get all confused when I say the word home as it’s hard to erase the feelings of security, love, and establishment that I felt in my home in Virginia and I’m still not ready to transfer those feelings to this place that, in writing, is my new home. We’ve been in our new house for almost three weeks and we’ve been forced to … Read more…

Things I’ve learned so far

1. Boots are a necessity. I haven’t worn my everyday cute little booties since I arrived. There’s mud here…I’m not sure if our driveway at the rental house is paved or just covered in inches of mud. In fact, I’m not sure if the road I am living on at the moment or the road I’m about to live on permanently are even paved…that’s how much mud there is around this little island. 2. Raincoats and hats aren’t a fashion accessory. I’ve been here for less than a week and have already realized styling your hair is fruitless. Ponytails and … Read more…

We’re here…

We landed in Seattle late Friday night with six carry on bags and sixteen pieces of luggage. But we left our hearts in Richmond. Saying goodbye tore me apart. Our entourage took us to the airport and I’m nearly certain it was more difficult than anyone of us could have predicted. I’ve come to realize that I love hard and deep. I prefer soul-baring connections. And that makes my days happier and filled with meaning but it isn’t easy to leave. But we’re here now in our rental house on Bainbridge Island for the next ten days and I have no … Read more…

I collect the moments while she learns from them

You know I’m a collector of moments. Moments I steal away in my heart and in all likelihood forget. But I think they kind of melt together and become the ingredients that make up my heart and my soul. I do remember the moment last night(because I captured it on my phone) when the twins were tucked in next to each other almost like they were eight and a half years ago in my tummy. Minutes before the sweetness there were tears because she remembered a comment he had made at school about her name being put last on a … Read more…

Excuses

Excuses are so easy to come by. I’ve been full of them lately and, to be perfectly honest, I think I have a few very valid ones in my life at the moment. But don’t we always believe our excuses are real and true otherwise we wouldn’t toss them around. I’ve been filled with tons of reasons not to write lately. To really sit down and dive into a new story. And I’m finally ready to toss the woe-is-me-I’m-single-mommying-four-kids-while-we-prepare-to-move-our-family-three-thousand-miles-away excuse in the garbage. Well, that’s not completely true…I am certain I’ll use it in the coming days when we’re late … Read more…

ENFP

My personality test results come as no great surprise. I’ve taken the test multiple times thinking I may get a different result…but I don’t. Although this time, I paid attention to the score in each category. I’m more than 90% NFP but only 53% E. And that really made sense to me. Lately, I’ve been feeling more introverted. When I’m with “my” crowd, I’m a complete extrovert. But put me in a new situation, like Alex’s volleyball games where I don’t know many of the parents, and I’m a total introvert. Yep, that’s me…the introverted extrovert. Have you taken the … Read more…

Big Magic

I finished Liz(because I feel like she’s my friend so I can’t call her Elizabeth!) Gilbert’s Big Magic on Sunday night. I’m actively participating in creative endeavors when I’m not watching Volleyball games, running carpool, making dinner or helping with math homework(Who am I kidding? Of course helping with math homework is a creative endeavor because I sure can’t figure out the answers in the new “right” way!). So you may wonder what I would get from a book like this…and the list is quite long.  I won’t bore you with the re-telling because there is much for most of … Read more…

Moments are precious

I’m filled with sentimentality lately. Maybe it’s from sheer exhaustion. Maybe it’s because I’m all too quickly approaching a single digit number of weeks left living in this place that I call home. Or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and I’m able to appreciate the true golden moments in a bigger way than I have before. This weekend was Homecoming…and of course it was filled with moments that I’ll feel in my heart for longer than I’ll remember what they looked like. There was the moment Alex’s best friend(who goes to another school) came to chauffeur him to the dance. … Read more…

The Big Life

Over the last few days, I’ve learned(and thought about) a few things from my new obsession with podcasts. 1. Research says if you are happy before you move you have a greater chance of being happy after a move. Pretty obvious when you think about it I suppose, but this tiny fact I happened upon serendipitously(is that even a word?),  has made a huge difference in my mindset. Actually, the fact that I gained this new information by pushing play on the wrong podcast makes me believe the Universe sent this little statistic to calm my soul. The bottomline is that … Read more…

Old School Paper

If you know me, you know my iPhone 6 plus is my like my third hand. I’m rarely without it. I never have a moment where I’m running around searching for my phone.  Unless, of course, one of the kids has taken it to play a game or record a sibling doing something inappropriate. I used to keep my calendar on my phone. I frequently set reminders and make lists on it and it always serves as a library of all the books I want to read and some I am reading. But over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself … Read more…